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Iowa records first flu case of season

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The first flu case in Iowa has been confirmed.

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that the confirmed case was in a 25-year-old woman in eastern Iowa.

Officials say the case should act as reminder for Iowans to get a flu shot.

They also say people should wash their hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer. They also advise that people should stay home from work or school if they are sick, and keep at least a 3-foot distance between themselves and someone who is sick.

The flu is a respiratory illness and can be spread easily. Symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. It usually lasts from two to seven days.

More information about influenza can be found at:

www.idph.state.ia.us/adper/flu.asp

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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